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MBTA to propose $723M overhaul of fare system

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:10:54 -0800

BOSTON (AP) — MBTA riders may soon bid farewell to their CharlieCards. The fiscal control board that oversees the Boston-area transit agency is expected Monday to approve a 13-year, $723 million contract to develop and operate a revamped fare collection system. The new system will be designed to allow passengers to board trolleys, trains and […]

Tree from central New York to be displayed outside Capitol

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:07:20 -0800

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Workers are cutting down the second of two trees that will be on display outside the New York state Capitol for the holidays. The 40-foot-tall blue spruce being cut down in Rome on Monday will be displayed at the park on the east side of the Capitol. A 50-foot-tall blue spruce […]

Christmas tree honoring Halifax Explosion to make Maine stop

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:02:17 -0800

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are welcoming representatives from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to commemorate World War I with a Christmas tree ceremony. The Maine State Archives and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap are hosting the event on Monday as part of a ceremony to recognize Maine’s role in responding to a maritime disaster in […]

Tribute room at Michigan airport honors President Ford

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:58:08 -0800

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Visitors to Gerald R. Ford International Airport in western Michigan now have a new place to remember President Gerald Ford and learn about his legacy. The airport and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation officials joined Ford’s son, Steve Ford, and others last month for an official opening of the President […]

A prescription for RLS ended up ruining a life

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Joe and Teresa Graedon answer readers’ concerns. This week: medications linked to compulsive behavior; symptoms caused by switching from generic levothyroxine to Synthroid; when will the atenolol shortage end.

How to keep the beneficial bacteria in our bellies happy

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Good bacteria feed on dietary fiber. Similar to a septic tank, when fiber from the diet is present in the digestive tract, microbes in the large intestine ferment it into substances that help regulate important body processes.

Sunday Best: ‘Phantom Thread’

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Costume alert: 1950s high fashion will abound in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest.

Getting left out set her free

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

A reader writes that Instagram photos of her friends on vacation opened her eyes to an unhealthy relationship. Carolyn Hax offers advice on moving forward.

15 dead, 5 hurt in a stampede for food aid in Morocco

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:50:42 -0800

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A stampede in a southern Moroccan village left at least 15 people dead and five others injured Sunday as food aid was being distributed, the Interior Ministry said. The crush took place in Sidi Boulalam, in the province of Essaouira, as a local association was distributing food aid in a local […]

Pieces of once-mighty NY bridge get new life in rural towns

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:05:26 -0800

Steel and concrete panels that were once part of a mighty bridge that carried 50 million vehicles a year across the Hudson River north of New York City will find new life spanning streams along sleepy country roads. With traffic now whizzing across its shiny replacement, the 61-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge is being painstakingly dismantled […]

Rant & Rave: Shame on people who didn’t vote; thanks for fast action on billboard

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Readers rave about Dept. of Elections, blouse-button reminder, blocked billboard, parks, curb ramps and rant about low voter turnout, shooting, keying cars, litterbugs and rude drivers.

Trader Joe’s recalls packaged salads, including in Washington state, over contamination fear

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:06:16 -0800

A supplier said shards of glass or hard plastic may be inside.

Backers hope Route 66 historic designation can drive tourism

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:06:07 -0800

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anyone who doubts the lure of Route 66 should talk to Winslow Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Hall, who said that capitalizing on the historic highway was key to revitalization of the historic downtown. “Fifteen, 20 years ago the population was dwindling and we decided we had to do something,” Hall said. […]

NYC subway to use gender-neutral terms during announcements

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:27:26 -0800

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to the New York City subways, there’s no such thing as ladies and gentlemen. Conductors on subway trains have been told to stop addressing passengers as “ladies and gentlemen” when making announcements about delays, detours or other things, and instead use the gender-neutral terms “passengers,” ”riders,” and “everyone.” […]

Honda recalls 900,000 Odyssey minivans; 2nd row seat may tip

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:58:05 -0800

NEW YORK (AP) — Honda is recalling about 900,000 of its Odyssey minivans because the second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched. The recall announced Saturday covers vehicles from the 2011-17 model years. About 800,000 of the affected minivans were sold in the United States. Honda says it has received 46 reports of […]

New to Seattle? Want to make a difference? Fund For The Needy is a way to help

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0800

Welcome to Seattle, newcomers. As you set down roots and become part of the community, you may be looking for ways to give back. Enter The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy. Here’s what it’s all about.

Don’t let parents’ desire for help delay your desire to be a parent

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Reader who wants children and is 36 should not wait to get pregnant, writes Carolyn Hax.

3-month citywide arts exhibit opens Sunday in New Orleans

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:35:21 -0800

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Collages by jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, three versions of a work by Yoko Ono, a dream-like video about jazz trumpeter Buddy Bolden, a steam calliope that plays African-American protest music, and a chunk of wall bearing a restored mural by graffiti artist Banksy are among hundreds of works to be shown […]

Delta says US approves joint venture with Korean Air

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:21:36 -0800

ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines says U.S. regulators have given the green light to a joint venture with Korean Air, and the carriers are waiting for approval from the South Korean government. Delta said Friday that the U.S. Department of Transportation approved the arrangement. It still needs approval from South Korea’s transport ministry. With […]

California wine country assesses wildfires’ effects, invites visitors back

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:01:43 -0800

A month after deadly wildfires swept through the region, hot air balloons at sunrise are floating again over vineyards and nearly everything is now open — but the region faces the challenge of luring visitors back.